1) Was there a specific event in your life that made you an animal activist? Do most members have experiences like this?
No. My older sister was a vegetarian solely out of compassion for animals, and even though we fought like sisters, on most subjects, we agreed on animal rights. Everyone takes a different path to believing in animal rights, some are slow and some have epiphanies. Here is a link to some various interviews with folks associated with the ALF: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ ALFront/Interviews/interview_alf.htm . None of the interviews are copyrighted, so feel free to use excerpts.
2) What inspired you to join the ALF?
The ALF is a "decentralized organization" with "self-proclaimed" members who follow the credo/guidelines listed here http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ALFront/alf_credo.htm. It has no official members and no official leaders. It is probably easier to think of the ALF as a philosophy in which the major tenet is that animals should not be "property" with which humans can do whatever they wish.
3) What is the ALF's connection to PETA?
None. Some members of the ALF are probably members of PETA (and many other animal rights and human rights groups).
4) Would you consider the ALF to be the most radical Animal Rights group is the U.S.-- Why?
No. The Animal Rights Militia and the Animal Liberation Brigade are more radical. A bit about the ARM is here: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ALFront/Actions-UK/alfarm.htm
The primary difference is that the Militia and Brigade do not have as part of their credo:
4. TO take all necessary precautions against harming any animal, human and non-human.
5) If the world could change in one way what would it be?
Animal liberation would make the world better both for animals and mankind. Please read "How Animal Liberation Will Benefit Human Rights." http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Practical/Health/ALbenefitsHR.htm
6) Why do you think the FBI considers that "animal extremists and like minded eco-terrorists are the largest domestic threat?" (Trull, Frankie L. "Animal Research is Essential Part of Medicine." Knight-Ridder news Service, 14 June 2005)
The FBI is the legal arm of the US government which is run by politicians put into office by big business. The ALF wants to stop exploitation of animals by big business, so there is a conflict of interests. The book "Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals" by Steven Best, Ph.D., Anthony J. Nocella, II
discusses both sides of the conflict.
7) What sort of change do you think the ALF is doing for our country?
The goal of most ALF activists is to save the life of the animal whose eyes the activist has been looking into. As far as effects beyond that, read the article by Dr. Steven Best and Jason Miller here: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/AvertingChinaSyndrome-printer.htm
An excerpt: For now, however, the sabotage tactics of the ALF and ELF are important if for no other reason than to demonstrate resistance to capitalist omnicide is possible, that the flame of rebellious action (the praxis that must emerge from abstract theorizing) has not been completely snuffed out. But the value of underground tactics exceeds the symbolic to transform material realities, for liberationists are often effective in slowing the destruction of nature and life, if not in many cases stopping it altogether. The corporate-state complex fears them for a reason; it elevates them to the top terrorist threats for a reason; it levels prison terms longer than rapists and murderers get for a reason: they pose a real, imminent, and serious danger to their operations and profits.
8) How could our country accomplish completely eliminating the use of animals in scientific research and consumer products?
When the masses become aware of what non-biased scientists already know (that the tests don't do anything except protect the corporations) they would vote to change the laws. Many universities are already stopping them. University of Michigan did it last month.
9) If you could change anything about the ALF what would it be?
I can answer two ways. 1. Philosophically the ALF cannot change. The ALF is based on a credo written 25 years ago, and since there are no leaders, the credo will not change, although there are many similar philosophies and we appreciate them all. 2. In the short term, we'd like to have more people live by the ALF credo. Long term, just as with the abolitionists who freed slaves, ALF's goal would be for there to be no reason for them to exist.
10) Do you believe that all animals should be treated as humans?
No. The third slide in this presentation explain our position: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/ MediaCenter/flash/AR_logic/index.html